Pants v4


This is the face of a smug, smug person who has pants that fit.

As I mentioned before, I found yards of this denim at SCRAP (a very cool creative reuse store in Portland).  I couldn’t believe my luck! I’ve probably got enough left for at least two more projects.


I started these puppies right after my olive linen pants, and I’m happy to say that the welt pockets were perfectly symmetrical. So much was going right until I attached the waistband. I eased it in to the waist too tightly, cut off the back ends and had myself a really tight-waisted pair of pants. And then I just kept on going – I sewed and understitched the waistband lining, added bias binding. Unsurprisingly, none of that made the waistband looser.

So…. I had to remove the whole waistband and start over. A tight waistband is way worse than 15 minutes of seam ripping. It was particularly unpalatable because I’d already graded and clipped all of my seams. But it worked and I breathed a huge sigh of relief (facilitated by the new waist ease). | waistband

I suppose I’m grateful for the chance to practice turning nice points and bias-bound inside waistband. The new one does look nicer than the old. And I discovered I’m a big fan of binding instead of turning the inside waistband under – it’s less bulky, looks nice and I get to use a contrasting fabric on an otherwise plain project. I cross-referenced this Coletterie tutorial with a pair of J.Crew pants.

And maybe 10x nicer than the waistband from my first version?


The welts are sewn down to prevent drooping. The pocket bags are also really short, as I never use them, but I think I should have extended them as their outline is faintly visible. Oh, the efforts I will take for fake pockets! | welt pockets

I took the side seams in a bit since the fabric was thicker – 1″ total out of each leg. I think the olive linen is closer to the ideal weight for this fabric, but I still like these pants immensely.

I also made this shirt from Maria of Denmark’s free Kirsten kimono tee. I might lower the neckline a bit next time but otherwise it’s a great little shirt that fits very true to size. I think of this as my Fabric Tragic outfit because I’m totally copying Sarah. | Burda 7250

I’d make another pair of the pants when the need for something dressier arises – maybe in a boring black or a in wild print or texture. Now that I’ve altered the pattern beyond recognition (curved waistband, slanted pockets, new leg shape, lowered rise, added fly shield), they’re dream pants!


44 thoughts on “Pants v4

  1. You definitely deserve to have a smug face, these are some awesome pants! I love the shape and how they are fitted but not tight. Now that you have altered the pattern beyond recognition I want it, haha. Good job and I am going to try that binding on the waistband on my next pair of pants, it looks great and that seam is always so bulky!

  2. Hoorah for dream pants – and clever you for having achieved them! (Sewing trousers is one of the many things I am currently too scared to attempt!). I’d say these are the perfect shape for you and the T is cute too.

  3. They look great on you. The fit is perfect. Very chic and classic. I’m sure you could make those up in all kinds of fabric to suit different occasions.

  4. Super sharp! Thanks for the tip about the bound waistband, looks so neat, I’ll try it next time I make pants.

  5. You should totally be smug – these are awesome! And what a trooper you’ve been to re-draft the pattern but perhaps very worth it given that this FO is pretty perfect, right? By the way, I love your scarf as well.

  6. Congratulations for conquering pants! I’m currently struggling with the fit of leggings (yes, the supposedly easiest thing to fit) so I’m super impressed. They look amazing on you!

  7. I love these pants! That is on my goal list this year. Pants, sounds crazy scary because of all the fitting! Yours turned out perfect!

  8. Ah ha!! These are the ones!! I love the fabric, fit and the little finishing touches. They look great on you. I’m going to have a look at that kimono tee pattern now.

  9. All your perseverance has really paid off- what a perfect pair of pants you have there! GO you 🙂 And I’m well impressed with your welts- I’m yet to venture into that territory so maybe I should at them to my list of things to do for this year.

  10. Of course you’re feeling smug- your trousers look great! It kyat he so satisfying to have adapted a pattern to make the trousers you want! I thought that was a kimono tee before I read on, I love that pattern!

  11. Haha your pants look WAY better than mine! I’m so impressed by them! The waistband finish is lovely! You are one stylish lady so it’s made my day that we have matching outfits!

  12. These are amazing! I must tackle welt pockets this year – only ever made them once but I know they would add something to my personal trouser-making endeavours. Love the fit on these, they are perfect. Also thanks so much for the shot of how you finish the bias binding on the waistband facing when it meets the fly zipper, I was struggling with this myself recently.

    1. You make amazing jeans – welt pockets should be no problem for you to master! Having a pair of RTW pants that used a bias bound waistband was really helpful.

  13. They fit you like a glove! I am jealous of how good these look. 😉 And I really love the contrast bias binding on the inside. Thanks for the link to the tutorial.

  14. Looks like you’ve got pants making down now. Love the whole outfit! So chic.
    Thanks for the thoughts on bias bound waistbands. I’ll have to keep this in mind for my next project.

  15. Wow!! These are truly perfect pants!! I love the way they fit you! So sexy yet classy! And it must feel great to now have a go-to pattern!

  16. Really great pants, you deserve to look smug! They look so professionally finished off as well! I’m definitely trying the bias bound waistband, it’s such a decorative way to finish off the insides, I love it!

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